About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

Making Connections at a Local Cafe

I have previously described my experience three years ago visiting the groundbreaking concept known as a “dementia village” in the Netherlands.  Another wonderful concept introduced in the Netherlands in 1997 is the “Memory Café”.  The Memory Cafe offers social activities for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia — and their caregivers. Activities include art, music, poetry, presentations and social interaction. While a Memory Cafe is beneficial for those living with dementia, it is also beneficial for their caregivers as well. It is not a place to “drop off” your [...]

By |2020-02-21T09:24:06-05:00February 17th, 2020|Blog, Family|

The New Medicare Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): What Does It Mean for Nursing Home Residents?

As an advocate for nursing home residents, Rothkoff Law Group strives to educate our clients, their families and consumers about regulatory changes that may affect the care their loved ones receive.   In October 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment model for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).  PDPM is described by CMS as a patient-driven care model  that focuses on the diagnoses and characteristics of the patient rather than the services, including the therapy services, provided to them. The [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:23:01-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Blog, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Parenting Your Aging Parents

It is commonplace for an adult child to come to our elder care office feeling exasperated due to the perceived stubbornness of his/her parent.  The adult child is attempting to help the parent receive needed care at home or attempting to convince the parent to transition to an assisted living community.  The parent feels he/she is fine on their own, demands the home health aid to leave the home, and/or refuses to go to an assisted living community.  What can the adult child do under these circumstances? Kaiser Health [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:44:13-05:00January 13th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Caregiver|

Rothkoff 2019 PA Caregiver Award

Rothkoff Law Group announced the 2019 Pennsylvania Caregiver Award winner at its second annual PA Elder Care Symposium on October 24, 2019. Caregiver professionals throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania had the opportunity to nominate an outstanding caregiver in their community who offers exceptional service to an elderly person. The selection process was difficult with many heartfelt nominations of worthy caregivers. We congratulate Reynaldo Aviso of Reliant At Home Care as the 2019 PA Caregiver Award winner. We appreciate all of the support and the valuable participation of our speakers, sponsors, and [...]

By |2020-01-08T13:09:17-05:00January 8th, 2020|Article|

Life Lessons From Two Decades Advocating for Seniors

On February 1, 2000, I began a journey to an unknown destination. On this day twenty years ago, I opened my elder care law office. If you were to tell me twenty years later we would expand to six offices in NJ and PA, employ thirty team members, including five attorneys and six geriatric social workers, establish groundbreaking elder care symposiums in NJ & PA, receive numerous awards and recognition for our firm’s advocacy for seniors, and teach other attorneys across the United States how to engage in legal [...]

By |2020-01-08T13:05:55-05:00January 8th, 2020|Article|

2020 Elder Law Numbers

2020 Medicare Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2020: Basic Part B premium:...............................................$144.60/month (was $135.50 in 2019) Part B deductible:...................................................... $198  ($185.00 in 2019)Part A deductible:......................................................$1,408 (was $1,364 in 2019)Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90:................. $352/day (was $341 in 2019)Co-payment for hospital stay days 91-150:................ $704/day (was $682 in 2019)  All costs for each day beyond 150 daysSkilled nursing facility co-payment, days 21-100:.... $176/day (was $170.50 in 2019)   Also, note that individuals with annual incomes over [...]

By |2020-01-08T13:03:18-05:00January 8th, 2020|Article|

Going Far Beyond

Happy New Year to all of our clients, families, and professional partners.  We hope each of you had a meaningful time celebrating the holiday season with family.  However, we need to keep in mind not everyone has the opportunity to spend the holidays with family.  Our elder care law offices works with several clients who are considered “unsupported elders”, meaning they generally do not have local immediate family to assist them.  Unfortunately, one of our clients in such a situation was transitioned to in-patient hospice on December 23, 2019. [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:44:51-05:00December 31st, 2019|Around the Office, Blog|

2019 Rothkoff Law Group Client Appreciation Event

Thank you to all of our clients and their families who attended our Client Appreciation Event at the Camden Adventure Aquarium last Sunday.  It was so wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves with their families.  One of our clients commented that she was so happy to spend the day with her grandchildren and husband instead of being at home worrying about taking care of her husband. 

By |2019-12-17T16:02:01-05:00December 16th, 2019|Around the Office, Blog|

The Need for Medicare Dental Coverage

Medicare has done so many wonderful things for older Americans since its inception in 1965.  However, to date, traditional Medicare does not cover dental care. Traditional Medicare does not cover preventive dental services like exams, cleanings, and x-rays.  Nor does it cover basic or major restorative services and items like fillings, extractions, root canals and dentures.  When such dental work must be performed in a hospital setting due to the severity of the procedure or the patient’s underlying medical condition or clinical status, Medicare will cover the costs of [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:48:11-05:00December 9th, 2019|Blog, Elder Care, Medicare|

Are Nursing Home Residents Receiving Less Therapy?

Medicare’s new reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), called Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM),changed reimbursement rules and the financial incentives for SNFs, effective October 1, 2019.  As a result, nursing home skilled nursing residents who are receiving rehabilitation care may be receiving less therapy than prior to October 1, 2019. Prior to Oct. 1, 2019, Medicare reimbursed nursing homes for therapy based on the number of minutes provided to each patient, up to 720 minutes a week. The goal is to help patients regain mobility and the ability to [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:49:12-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Blog, Medicare|

Enjoying the Holidays With a Loved One With Dementia

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, clients and their families.  The holiday season can be an anxious time of year for many.  It can be especially anxious time if a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.  Your loved one who’s now living with dementia may have formerly been the cornerstone of family holidays and traditions. In order to cope with the changing family dynamics and still celebrate special times, sculpt new traditions and activities that include the old and familiar, while adjusting to your loved one’s [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:50:11-05:00November 25th, 2019|Blog, Family|

New AARP Report Emphasizes Urgency in Supporting Caregivers

As Washington continues to be embroiled in the impeachment hearings and the Democratic Presidential election goes on, according to a new report from AARP, about 12% of Pennsylvania and New Jersey adults are caregivers. Pennsylvanians provided $18.2 billion in care compared with $12.9 billion for caregivers in New Jersey. Nationally, the nation’s 41 million family caregivers provided $470 billion worth of unpaid care to their loved ones. The report, released last Thursday, is based on an analysis of four surveys of family caregivers between 2015 and 2018.  AARP called [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:51:09-05:00November 18th, 2019|Blog, Caregiver|

Assistance with Medicare Skilled Nursing Appeals

Medicare coverage of nursing home care depends on a resident’s need for skilled nursing and/or therapy, not the resident’s potential for improvement. However, too many nursing home residents continue to be denied skilled services on the basis of an “Improvement Standard,” which was firmly rejected by the court-approved settlement in Jimmo v. Sebelius.  In order to help nursing home residents and their families challenge these unfair denials, the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) have prepared an in-depth discussion on filing expedited or fast-track Medicare appeals and offers guidance on [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:52:16-05:00November 11th, 2019|Blog, Medicare|

PA Elder Care Symposium – A Recap of a Wonderful Day of Learning

On October 24, 2019, over 225 long-term care professionals gathered at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA for a full day of learning and networking at the 2nd annual PA Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Person Centered Elder Care: Transitioning Theories into Practice. The day starting the keynote address, Understanding People with Alzheimer’s Disease: a Bio-Psycho-Social Approach, given by Steven R. Sabat, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Georgetown University.  Dr. Sabat spoke about the need to view the person with Alzheimer’s beyond the disease. He stressed [...]

By |2019-11-04T15:14:19-05:00November 4th, 2019|Around the Office, Blog|

Elder Care Law Is Much More Than Law

Rothkoff Law Group will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in January 2020. During the past 20 years, I have learned many important lessons. One of the most important lessons learned is the law alone is not enough to advocate for our clients and their caregiver loved ones. An example is the recent situation our client found herself in, and why we love what we do. Our client, who was living alone with her 10-year old Yorkie mix, Penny, was in need of immediate nursing home placement. The client dog [...]

By |2019-10-31T12:15:04-04:00October 31st, 2019|Article|
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